The solution is simple: if you don’t like something, stop watching it.
This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones – You have been warned!
It’s not your fault. Life – and the internet in particular – has conditioned you to write shitty instructions. Instructions which are ambiguous, rambling, incomplete, or insufficiently informative. So how can you fix them?
As a jack-of-all-trades IT pro, I have a lengthy list of frustrations – both of the large and small variety. However, after more than 15 years working IT in a small office environment, there’s one nuisance that has come to trump all others.
My hot take in which I argue that Trash of the Titans is the best episode of The Simpsons, and more to the point, the most important and enduring.
Here's a concept: a spa and resort populated (or should I say, pupulated? ...sorry) by adorable canine companions. The ultimate answer to the cat-café. Anyway, here's some toiletries labels I created for fun.
'Tis the season for angry crows here in Metro Vancouver (they're guarding their nests – eggs and now fledglings). Inspired in part by this, and wanting to do an artistic project in Adobe Illustrator, I drew this artwork, "Zoey Crow". Zoey Crow is mad because you're too close to her nest and not readily giving up your food. Silly hoo-man.
It's an attempt to make something complicated with lots of simple shapes (mostly ellipses, triangles, and line segments). Looking at reference photos also made me realize that crows are, in their way, very colourful birds – I've tried to emphasize that here.
Sometimes, you just gotta have yourself a good rant…
My website logs show that someone was looking for my now-11-year-old tutorial on making a theremin in GarageBand. Shockingly, the instrument still works after all these years (probably because its generator is so simple).
The original tutorial is provided as-is herewith. Some adjustment may be required for modern versions of GarageBand.
Over at OpenMedia, I've written a rundown on the Meltdown/Spectre CPU vulnerability: what it is, and what you can do to protect yourself from it.
Writing for OpenMedia, I respond to yesterday's accusation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security blaming North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware. And the truth is, there's plenty blame to spread around.
Everyone has one, right? Their not-so-secret list of The Worst Christmas Songs, with footnotes for each. Your mileage may vary, but this is my list – in which ten songs are definitively the WORST.
Once upon a time, there was a lowland kingdom, called Broodendam...
I ruminate on why I love the mocha, before reviewing a bunch of Vancouver coffee shops' mochas. YUM.
Today is the last day at OpenMedia for Communications Manager Meghan Sali. We're gonna miss you, Mega.
I’ve accomplished a lot in the two years since I re-launched this blog. Today however, reading the news, and reflecting on those past two years, it also sometimes feels like I haven’t done a single goddamned thing.
Welcome to the end of infosec. In the words of a fictional IT pro: Hold onto your butts.
Misguided government policy is actively undermining your safety online, and that needs to change, SOON. Governments should be working to strengthen encryption for the safety of citizens everywhere.
I wrote a parody news piece about Theresa May, outlawing encryption, and the ridiculous end-results of such thinking. Enjoy!
Who gets more value from smart devices: is it consumers, or is it companies, criminals, and spies? In my latest piece for OpenMedia, I explore the pros and cons of all our things being internet-connected smart devices.
It takes a little imagination to conceive of what's possible without net neutrality protections in the U.S., but it's well worth the effort. In my latest article for OpenMedia, I speculate on what might come next, and it's not pretty.
I make no apologies for my Minecraft puns.
Whipped up this image based on a joke in a livestream. If you've played Minecraft in the past two years, you'll get it.
Time after time, the security infrastructure that all our technologies depend upon has been sabotaged in the name of law enforcement. In my latest article for OpenMedia, I show how governments are moving tech-security policy in the wrong direction, and why soon enough, that's going to bite us in the ass.
This week at OpenMedia, I explore why data localization can be both a win and a loss for privacy.
I have discovered fuse beads! Known more often by their brand names (Perler, Hama, and Artkal, to name a few), they're simply coloured HDPE beads used to create 2D art, and enjoying a surge in popularity thanks in part to their being a great medium for recreating sprite art from classic 8 and 16-bit video games.